Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) manages 56 playgrounds at 54 parks throughout the City! Playgrounds provide a safe place for children to play, connect, and learn.
Playground Safety Tips
Please follow these guidelines to ensure safe play:
- Adult supervision is recommended. Active supervision can prevent playground injuries.
- Choose play equipment that is appropriate for the child’s age. Follow posted signs indicating the appropriate age.
- Check the area for hazards before allowing children to play, i.e. broken equipment, broken glass, and trip hazards. If you find a hazard, please do not allow your child to play near or around it. Please report any hazards to Amy Pehowic, 919-560-4355, ext. 27212.
- Remove helmets before playing on the playground. Avoid wearing scarves, drawstrings, or other types of clothing that could get caught on equipment and become a strangulation hazard.
- Check to make sure the equipment isn’t too hot! Play equipment that is in the sun can get very hot.
- Keep small children from putting pieces of playground mulch into their mouths.
- As with visiting any public spaces, wash hands after playing on the playground, and especially before eating.
Playground Construction & Maintenance
Two slides have been removed due to damage from the playground in front of the large picnic shelter at Hillside Park. They are unable to be replaced because the original manufacturer is no longer in business. A full playground replacement is pending funding. We will update as information becomes available.
All of the swings at Whippoorwill Park have been removed due to damage to the safety surface under the swing.
|Park||Recommended Age for Play Structures||Swings - Standard||Swings - Toddler (Bucket Swing)||Special Features|
|American Village Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Sand pit|
|Bethesda Park*||2-12||Yes||No||Tire Swing|
|Burch Avenue Park*||2-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Burton Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||No||Disc Swing, 1 two-person swing with standard swings|
|C.M. Herndon Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||No|
|C.R. Wood Park||2-12||Yes||Yes|
|Campus Hills Park||2-5, 5-12||No||No|
|Cook Road Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Partial Unitary Surface|
|Cornwallis Road Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes|
|Crest Street Park||2-12||Yes||No|
|Drew / Granby Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Accessible Swing|
|Duke Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Unitary Surface on separate Toddler Playground|
|Durham Central Park||5-12||No||No||Unitary Surface, Skate park|
|East Durham Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Partial Unitary Surface|
|East End Park||5-12||No||No||Sprayground (seasonal)|
|Edgemont Park||5-12||Yes||No||Outdoor Fitness Equipment available for 13+|
|Elmira Avenue Park||5-12||No||No|
|Forest Hills Park||5-12||No||Yes||Unitary Surface, Accessible Swing, Sprayground (seasonal)|
|Garrett Road Park||5-12||No||No||Tire swing|
|Grant Park (North)||2-5||No||No|
|Holt School Road Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded, Nature Trail|
|Indian Trail Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||No||Disc Swing, Shaded, Fitness Trail|
|Long Meadow Park||5-12||Yes||Yes|
|Maplewood Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes|
|2-5, 5-12||Yes||No||Unitary Surface, Disc Swing, Sensory and Pollinator Garden|
|Morreene Road Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Unitary Surface, Accessible playground|
|Northgate Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Separate Toddler Playground|
|Oakwood Park||2-5, 5-12||No||No||Tire swing|
|Old Chapel Hill Road Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes|
|Old North Durham Park||5-12||No||No||Disc Swing|
|Orchard Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Unitary Surface, Accessible Swing, Sand Pit|
|Oval Drive Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Lazy River feature|
|Piney Wood Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Red Maple Park||5-12||Yes||No|
|Rock Quarry Park (at Edison Johnson Recreation Center)||5-12||Yes||No||Sprayground (seasonal), Sand Pit, Outdoor Fitness Equipment available for 13+|
|Rockwood Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||No||Shaded, 2 two-person swings, 1 with tot and standard swing, 1 with adapted and standard swing|
|Rocky Creek Park||2-5||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Shady Oaks Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Sherwood Park*||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Unitary Surface|
|Trinity Park*||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded, Toddler Playground fenced|
|Twin Lakes Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded, Roller Slide|
|Unity Village Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Valley Springs Park||2-12||No||No|
|W.D. Hill Recreation Center*||5-12||No||No|
|Walltown Park*||2-5, 5-12||No||No||Tire swing|
|Weaver Street Park*||5-12||yes||No|
|Westover Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Unitary Surface|
|Whippoorwill Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Unitary Surface|
|Wrightwood Park||2-5, 5-12||No||No||Shaded, Disc Swing coming soon|
*Playground is surrounded by a fence